New Zealand v West Indies, 4th ODI, Nelson January 3, 2014

Weather worry on Nelson's big day


Match facts

Saturday, January 4, 2014
11:00 (22:00 GMT previous day)

Big Picture

One-day bilateral series aren't something that stick in the mind of cricket fans, but Corey Anderson put this series on the front pages with a record-breaking century that it will be remembered by. Cricket fans in Nelson also won't forget this series, as they gear up for the first one-day international in the city, with all 5300 tickets sold out. The match will also give the World Cup organisers to gauge Saxton Oval's readiness for the global event, in which Nelson will host three matches.

The main worry ahead of the game though is whether the rains will stay away. Persistent showers meant the teams couldn't practise at the ground on Friday, with West Indies instead training at a boxing gym which had a two-lane, indoor cricket net attached. "We're just praying for a fine day," Nelson cricket chief David Leonard told 3 News. "I'm not unhappy to see it rain today actually, because it's fairly rare in Nelson that we might get two days of rain in a row."

The series is level at one-all with two games to play, but New Zealand should think of themselves as favourites, given the slew of major players missing from the West Indies side. Injuries meant Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard never made the trip, Marlon Samuels joined that list soon after the Tests, Darren Bravo flew home due to personal reasons, and on New Years' Day Darren Sammy strained his hamstring to miss the rest of the tour.

Add to that, the damage caused by Anderson and Jesse Ryder's savage centuries in Queenstown, and the chilly weather which is a far cry from a Caribbean summer. West Indies have an enormous challenge ahead.

Form guide

New Zealand WLLWL(last five completed matches)
West Indies LWLWL

In the spotlight

Corey Anderson will be associated with the number 36 for a long time, after his brutal hitting made him a name to watch among cricket fans around the world. The challenge now for Anderson is to make his name as a reliable allrounder, and not as a one-hit wonder.

Ravi Rampaul had a nightmare New Years' Day, thumped for 64 runs in three overs - the worst economy rate in an ODI for any bowler who has bowled more than one over. In a team sorely lacking experience, and badly needing a lift, Rampaul will need to step up his game.

Team news

Tim Southee rejoined the squad earlier this week after recovering from a toe injury. The rain on Friday meant he couldn't bowl to test whether he is fully fit to play on Saturday, though Southee was confident he was good to go. "Toe is coming along alright," he said. "Bowled a few in Queenstown and there was no pain, which is a good sign. Where they made the cut, it is still a bit raw, so a bit of blood after bowling, so let it heal and stop splitting. Would have been nice to have a bowl today."

New Zealand will also have to take a call on whether to include Kane Williamson in the XI, or to leave him out for the second game in a row.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Ross Taylor, 4 Brendon McCullum (capt), 5 Corey Anderson, 6 Luke Ronchi, (wk), 7 James Neesham, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Tim Southee/Adam Milne, 10 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Kyle Mills

The injuries keep coming for West Indies, with Sammy the latest to be ruled out. One option for West Indies is to bring in Kirk Edwards for Chadwick Walton to bolster their top order. In any case, they will be left with a rather lengthy tail.

West Indies (probable) 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Kirk Edwards, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Narsingh Deonarine, 8 Ravi Rampaul, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Jason Holder 11 Nikita Miller

Stats and trivia

  • Saxton Oval will become the 13th New Zealand venue to host an ODI
  • Adam Milne has big numbers in his six ODIs so far: the batting strike-rate is 400 (just one innings), but the bowling strike-rate is a woeful 176 and bowling average is 172 as he has taken only one wicket
  • Mitchell McClenaghan has 42 wickets in 16 ODIs. The record for quickest to 50 wickets is held by Ajantha Mendis (19 matches), and the fastest New Zealand bowler is Shane Bond (27)


"It was a great knock from Anderson but we've been analyzing footage and studying the size of the ground. It's going to be a different ball game. We will not be making the same mistakes twice."
Dwayne Bravo

"I think they'll (West Indies) learn from it (Queenstown defeat) - there's no point in hanging on to it and dwelling on it, so they'll move on. It's another game tomorrow, a fresh start at a different ground, with different conditions."
Tim Southee

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on January 3, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    why is chandrapaul not in the W I ODI squad

  • David on January 3, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    @ReluctantBlackCapsFan - Great news! Will be watching from the UK.

    @Toyohashi - Couldn't agree more on Watling. If all goes badly Watling can steady the ship from 7. Ronchi is too hit and miss for me though I'd retain him for the T20's. I bet ya Watling will be back in the ODI team after the Indian tour if not during. Also, KW has got to be in the team for me too. Once again, can steady things and is already building a good ODI record, good little bowler and great fielder too.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    second that on the weather, its looking ok.

  • raymond on January 3, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Come on Gibson send a SOS for Dwayne Smith, Chanderpaul, and Sarwan, captain Bravo you need these men. OH! sorry Bravo i thought you had a say in selection. Sehwag one day batting record vs WI. Anderson fastest century vs WI. What is the next record, maybe the the most wickets. Come on WI the world is watching you.

  • Dolly on January 3, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    West Indies cricket team has been on pleasure trip which started in Florida for "bonding exercise".Then India trip was really big party to send off Tendulkar.Since team spent Christmas and New Years in NZ then the party continued so maybe players getting tired of partying and want to go home so attrition continues. Team number down to 13 so if there is more attrition then Gibson might have to play. If there are West indians living in NZ they might get suprise call up pick to play.One thing for sure there is no shortage of wicketkeepers as there are 3 in squad.

  • mark on January 3, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Weather's looking good here in Nelson, should definitely start on time, and hopefully finish before any rain turns up overnight

  • A-Gunnie on January 3, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Or do they simply don't want to play since most of them are probably home sick and do not want to be on this tour at this time of the year after all we are West Indian,,,,,,we do not work on new years day.Just putting it out there.

  • Satesh on January 3, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Amazing , isn't it? All these "fit" players getting injured and the "unfit" ones who are good enough CANNOT be selected because they are deemed by the coach as being "unfit". Some management we have here!! good luck to Sammy and here's hoping that his recovery is complete and quick.

  • Roy on January 3, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Christian, you are absolutely on target! It seems like this WI team have some serious health problems, you might get injured by just watching them? I have to say! I hope the board observe this, I must give the president credit, he is really working hard to make the team and board better. There is a doctor in the states, all the top players in American sports go to him, this is where you need to send your players too. Good luck WI

  • Daniel on January 3, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Glad Southee's in. But there are still two players I'd change in NZ's lineup.. Ronchi for Watling. We already have enough power hitters. We need someone to do some emergency safe batting with the tailenders, especially in the event of a collapse. Watling can smash if absolutely necessary anyway. And Neesham for Williamson. KW is good because he comes in at 3 and quickly stifles the excitement of the opponents taking their first wicket. From there he builds solidly and can escalate his SR as he goes. Also in terms of bowling, Southee, Mitch, Mills are all wicket takers who'll bowl 10 overs each. Then there's Nathan Mc, Anderson, Ryder, and KW to choose from for the other 20. Not necessary to have another seamer in Neesham, as much as I like him. Might as well change him for a recognised batsman (KW) who can bowl well in the middle overs too. Should still be an excellent match! Money on NZ of course.

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